7 fall festivals we just cannot wait for

Published: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 @ 11:21 AM
Updated: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 1:13 PM

Same as original with one festival added.

Fall festival season is in full swing. Sure, some of the best have come and gone already 😭, but there are plenty festivals still to come.

Here are a few of our favorites:

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Explore 30-acres of a re-created 16th century English village, when you take a step back in time to attend the Ohio Renaissance Festival. (Source: Facebook)

1.) OHIO RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

Prepare thyself for some medieval fun. This 30-acre permanent village has been re-created to transport visitors to 16th Century England.

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Food highlights include: Giant Turkey Leggs, Steak-On-A-Stake, Barbecue, Stuffed Spuds, Bread Bowl Stews, beer, wine and desserts. 

>> The foods you have to try at the Renaissance Festival

Entertainment includes: jousting, musicians, dancers, comedians, jugglers, sword-fighters, storytellers and hundreds of costumed performers on 12 stages in nearly 100 shows daily.

>> 5 things to love about the Renaissance Festival

WHEN: Sept. 2 – Oct. 29 — Nine weekends Saturdays, Sundays plus Labor Day

HOURS: 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Renaissance Park in Harveysburg. Just minutes off I-71, exit 45 or I-75, exit 38 on State Route 73 in Warren County.

COST: Tickets: Adults $22.50; Children $9.50 (ages 5-12); Children under 5 free.

INFO: WebsiteFacebook

Scenes from Oktoberfests past. STAFF FILE PHOTO

2.) DAYTON ART INSTITUTE’S OKTOBERFEST

BEER!!! Toast to the fall with the Dayton Art Institute’s signature fund-raiser and one of the region’s biggest festivals. 

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Browse booths from more than 50 artisans from throughout the region, munch on foods from the German-inspired to traditional food truck eats. Wash down that food with ample domestic, international and craft beers, international wines. There will be live music on two stages throughout the weekend.

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Special events include a Lederhosen lunch on Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring brats, metts, schnitzel sandwiches, German salads, homemade noodles and live entertainment. Another hot ticket is a special preview party Friday evening. 

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>> PHOTOS: Oktoberfest 2016

WHEN: Sept. 22-24, 2017

HOURS: Lederhosen Lunch: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Preview Party: 7- 11 p.m.; Saturday: Noon - 11:30 p.m.; Sunday: Noon - 7 p.m.

WHERE: Grounds of Dayton Art Institute, 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton

COST: Admission to the Lederhosen Lunch is free (pay for food). Advance tickets for the Preview Party are $55 for members and $75 for non-members and includes complimentary beer, wine & soft drinks. Food vendors will be on site and premium beverages will be available for purchase. Admission at the gate is $95. Online presales begin later this month. Admission to the festival on Saturday and Sunday will be $5 adults, $3 seniors (60+) & youth (7-19) in advance; $7 adults, $5 seniors & youth at the gate; children 6 & under free.

INFO: WebsiteFacebook

Keeping a family tradition, Donna Bishop (right) pulls fresh pretzels from an oven at the Germantown Pretzel Festival Saturday, Sept. 27. Bishop's father, Lester Peck, was a founder of the festival. Staff photo by Jan Underwood(Underwood, Jan)

3. GERMANTOWN PRETZEL FESTIVAL

You had us at pretzel. This family-friendly fest will make everyone happy, we promise. Carb load with gourmet pretzels stuffed with jalapeno cheese, cheddar cheese and cream cheese. There will also be pizza-flavored pretzels and pretzel buns to kick your sandwiching up a notch or two. Other good eats? Barbecued chicken and ribs, waffles, pork chops, Chinese, Cajun, funnel cakes and more. 

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WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 23, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 24, noon - 6p.m.

WHERE: Veterans Memorial Park, 190-192 W. Warren St., Germantown.

COST: Free admission

INFO: Website | Facebook

The 37th annual Minster Oktoberfest will take place on Oct. 2 through Oct. 4 , but Saturday will be the biggest day with all sorts of beer-related activities that you wouldn’t typically expect. (Source: Facebook)

4.) MINSTER OKTOBERFEST

If you can’t get enough Oktoberfest fun in Dayton, here is a celebration a short drive north that is definitely worth the drive. But make sure you have a DD for this one! 

>> Oktoberfest celebrations around Dayton we can’t wait for this fall

Of course, there will be plenty of beer and food and craft vendors, but this festival is also famous for some of its silly traditions. You can drink beer from a milk jug, participate in a beer tray relay or a jug-hoisting competition. This festival draws about 80,000 each year to this small village in Auglaize County.

WHEN: Sept. 29-Oct. 1, 2017

HOURS: Friday 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday 10 a.m. to midnight, Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

WHERE: One block west of the intersection of SR-119 and SR-66 in Minster

COST: Free admission

INFO: WebsiteFacebook

A few of the chocolate treats you'll find at the Chocolate Festival, benefiting Faith and Friends Radio. CONTRIBUTED

5. CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL

Chocolate-Covered Bacon? 

Chocolate-Covered Cheesecake on a Stick?

Made-to-order fresh doughnuts?

Fresh made fudge?

Chocolate covered popcorn?

Get all of these treats and more at the 15th annual Chocolate Festival, which is a fundraiser for Faith and Friends Radio. There will be more than 50 vendors, plus entertainment for the whole family, at this event.

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Montgomery County Fairgrounds Coliseum, 1043 S. Main St., Dayton

COST: Free admission and parking

INFO: Website

Bradford pays homage to pumpkins with a five-day community celebration. CONTRIBUTED

6. BRADFORD PUMPKIN SHOW

Sure, there are plenty of places to get pumpkins, but what other community holds a five-day festival in honor of them? In addition to pumpkin fun, the midway features games, rides, crafts, concessions and merchandise. During this five-day event, enjoy one of the many parades that take place while indulging your taste buds with pumpkin ice cream and many other tasty festival treats. You can even smash pumpkins without getting in trouble!

WHEN: Oct. 10-14: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 4-10 p.m., Friday & Saturday, 12-10 p.m. 

WHERE: Downtown Bradford, OH  

COST: Free  

INFO: Website

Sauerkraut is served on everything, including pizza, at the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival in Waynesville. The operators say they are ready to cancel this year’s festival unless the village sets aside new rules.(Staff Writer)

7.) OHIO SAUERKRAUT FESTIVAL

Sauerkraut pizza, anyone? This is one of the region’s signature fall festivals. 

>> Ohio Sauerkraut Festival a go for 2017

Shop by visiting the vendor tents ranging from arts and crafts to sculptures, ceramics, paintings, woodworking and more. And of course, dare to try some more unique sauerkraut dishes from fudge to a “sundae.” 

>> PHOTOS: Ohio Sauerkraut Festival 2016

WHEN: Oct. 14-15, 2017

HOURS: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Downtown Waynesville. Shuttle buses are recommended. Take shuttle buses from Wayne Local High School.

COST: Free admission

INFO: WebsiteFacebook

5 reasons to do Halloween early at this spooktacular weekend festival

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

We visit the 5th Annual Fairborn Halloween Festival.

Celebrate Halloween a weekend early with this community celebration complete with a zombie walk, Witch’s Brew Beer Garden, parade and costume contests.

Here are 5 reasons to go to the Fairborn Halloween Festival Oct. 20-22.

1. NEW: Witch’s Brew Beer Garden and food trucks

New this year is the Witch’s Brew Beer Garden located in the 5/3 Commons area with Hairless Hare, Warped Wing and Heidelberg Distributors. The Witch’s Brew Beer Garden is open from 4 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. There will be several food trucks/food vendors on site throughout the festival.

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The 5th Annual Fairborn Halloween Festival ushered in the best of the spooky season on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21-22, 2016. The downtown area was decked out with creepy displays, with food vendors, rides and music filling a portion of Main Street. Costume contests, bands and performers were also a part of the two-day celebration.(Tom Gilliam)

2. SpooktackularParade and costume contest

The 61st Annual Spooktacular Parade will assemble at the Fairborn YMCA. Costume judging will take place from 6-7 p.m., with the parade proceeding from the “Y” at 7:30 p.m. on Kauffman Avenue and down Main Street to the festival’s main stage. Costume prizes will be awarded for different age groups for youth, plus categories of adult, family, animal, best couple and overall scariest. Trick-or-treat at the booths as well.

>> PHOTOS: Fairborn Halloween Festival 2016

3. Zombie Walk

Join in on a Zombie walk Saturday night. Walkers can pre-register at the Fairborn Chamber of Commerce until Thursday, Oct. 19, or can sign up at 5 p.m. on the day of the event at the Fairborn Senior Center. The cost to walk is $3 if already made-up and $6 to have your makeup done by a make-up artist. Beverages, face painting and “blood” splattering will be available at 5 p.m. The walk will begin at 9 p.m. and travel down Main Street to the front of the festival stage, where the zombies will dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”

The 5th Annual Fairborn Halloween Festival ushered in the best of the spooky season on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21-22, 2016. The downtown area was decked out with creepy displays, with food vendors, rides and music filling a portion of Main Street. Costume contests, bands and performers were also a part of the two-day celebration.(Tom Gilliam)

4. Fun and games

Amusement rides, games and crafts will take place Friday alongside the costume judging and parade. Saturday’s festivities start at 11 a.m. and include amusement rides, games, crafts, downtown shopping and food vendors. Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. is the perfect time for families and kids to visit the festival to enjoy amusement rides, downtown shopping, food vendors and crafts.

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5. Live music

On Friday, local band Beesly takes the stage from 9-11 p.m.

On Saturday, local country music performer Jenna Snow will perform at 3:30 p.m. Rock It 88 (’60s and ’70s rock) will perform at 5:30 p.m. Forsaken will perform classic rock starting at 8 p.m.

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THE SCHEDULE

Here is the complete schedule of events (subject to change)

FRIDAY, OCT. 20

4-11 p.m. — Amusement Rides

6-7:30 p.m. — Games, crafts and activities at YMCA

6-11 p.m. — Foy’s Haunted Museum

6-7 p.m. — Costume judging at YMCA

7:30 p.m. — Spooktacular Parade

9-11 p.m. — Local Band Beesly

SATURDAY, OCT. 21

11 a.m.-11 p.m. — Amusement rides

1:30-2 p.m. — Richens/Timm Academy of Irish Dance

3:30-4:30 p.m. — Jenna Snow

5:30-7 p.m. — Rock It 88

6-7 p.m. — Trick or Treat at the Booths

6-11 p.m. — Foy’s Haunted Museum

8-9:30 p.m. — Forsaken

9:30 p.m. — Zombie Walk

SUNDAY, OCT. 22

Noon-6 p.m. — Amusement rides

WANT TO GO?

What: 6th annual Fairborn Halloween Festival

When: Friday to Sunday, Oct. 20-22

Where: Downtown Fairborn

Cost: Free admission

More info:WebsiteFacebook

Insider's guide to Yellow Springs Street Fair: 7 things to know

Published: Tuesday, May 31, 2016 @ 11:01 AM
Updated: Thursday, June 01, 2017 @ 1:45 PM

Here is a pro tip that will making parking easier for Yellow Springs Street Fair and there'll be cheese curds. Video by Amelia Robinson

The fall edition of the Yellow Springs Street Fair is upon us. 

Between 20,000 and 25,000 people are expected to attend. 

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Here are 7 things you need to know to make the most of it:

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1. LOTS OF VENDORS; BRING CASH

You’ll find an enormous selection of arts and crafts, as well as food. “The main attraction is on the streets in downtown Yellow Springs,” said Karen Wintrow, executive director of the Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce. “We have a lot of returning vendors. Yellow Springs is one of their favorite places.”

Lawn art and sculptures are always popular items at the street fair. One of the returning vendors will be Heather B Leaves. “She makes beautiful concrete leaves and fountains and planters,” Wintrow said.

Some of the vendors are locals, including Twisted Tines. “They primarily make jewelry out of silverware – forks and spoons,” Wintrow said.

The Chamber is hosting 200 vendors; additional vendors will be set up on private property. Best to have cash on hand.

Your complete guide to all the festivals happening in Dayton this weekend

Published: Thursday, August 17, 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Updated: Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 10:18 PM

Same as original with one festival added.

So many festivals, so little time. 

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Luckily, you have us to make it easy for you. Here’s a complete rundown of all the festivals going on in the Dayton area this weekend. 

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Our favorite photos from opening weekend of the Ohio Renaissance Festival 2017 in Waynesville, Ohio. The festival is a 30-acre permanent village has been authentically and historically re-created in the flavor of 16th Century England. The festival runs weekends through the end of October. TOM GILLIAM/CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS(Tom Gilliam)

OHIO RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL 

Sept. 2-Oct. 29, Saturdays and Sundays, at Ohio Renaissance Festival, 10542 E. State Route 73, Waynesville. 

Guests can step back in time in a 30-acre re-created 16th Century English village. The festival features nearly 100 shows daily on 12 stages, over 150 unique arts and crafts shops, food and drink, games of skill and human-powered rides to amuse all ages.

>> PHOTOS: Ohio Renaissance Festival 2017

>> 5 reasons to love the Renaissance Festival 

BRADFORD PUMPKIN SHOW

Oct. 10-14, 4-10 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, 1-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at Bradford Pumpkin Show, 115 N. Miami Ave., Bradford.

Featuring food vendors, parades, games and rides, live entertainment. Parking available in several places around the village. 

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Actor Jill Alexander will come to Dayton for this year s Dayton LGBT Film Fest. A Miami Valley native, she is featured in festival film, “Sensitivity Training.” Photo credit: Theo & Juliet photography.(Staff Writer)

 

DAYTON LGBT FILM FESTIVAL

Oct. 13-15, 3 p.m., 5:10 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. at Neon Movies, 130 E. Fifth St., Dayton.

Films range from insightful, challenging and thought-provoking pieces to hysterical and quotable material. 

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Warren Lyon places a fresh log on the fire burning under a bubbling cauldron of apple butter as he stokes the fire to keep the butter cooking during the Enon Apple Butter Festival. Bill Lackey/Staff

 

ENON APPLE BUTTER FESTIVAL

Oct. 14-15, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday & 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Settler’s Park, Main Street and Xenia Street, Enon.

Live entertainment; enjoy the pleasant aroma of cooking apples, spices, and wood smoke at the festival where everything revolves around apple butter. 

 

FAIRBORN FALL FESTIVAL

Oct. 14-15, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday & 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Community Park, 691 E. Dayton Yellow Springs Road, Fairborn.

Featuring live bands, vendors and crafters, food and more. Pets are welcome, but please be sure they are leashed and you have something to clean up after them with you. 

 

KIWANIS OKTOBERFEST

October 14-15, 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday & 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Peace Park, 70 E. Dayton St., West Alexandria.

In addition to the arts and crafts, there is music and entertainment the entire weekend. A parade is scheduled on Saturday at 11 a.m. with an antique car covered bridge run on Sunday at noon. A 5K and 10K run will be held on Saturday morning. There will be plenty of homemade and German food available. 

 

DAYTON LIEDERKRANZ-TURNER OKTOBERFEST

Oct. 14, 5 to 11 p.m. at Dayton Liederkranz Turner, 1400 E. Fifth St., Dayton.

A celebration of authentic German food, music and beverages. Music by the Steve Owen Sound. 

 

48TH OHIO SAUERKRAUT FESTIVAL

Oct. 14-15, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday & 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at 10 B North Main St., Waynesville.

The streets come alive with more than 460 crafters & artists from all over the country; plus there’s sauerkraut served in many traditional and non-traditional ways, such as Reubens, Cabbage Rolls, Sauerkraut Pizza and Sauerkraut Macaroni and Cheese. 

>> Insider’s guide to the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival

Artisan vendors, street performers and live music when the Yellow Springs Street Fair and Music and Beer Fest return to the small village on Saturday, Oct. 14. CONTRIBUTED(Contributing Writer)

 

YELLOW SPRINGS STREET FAIR

Oct. 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Yellow Springs.

All day festival featuring entertainment, street performers, fine arts and crafts, clothing, jewelry and more. Free and open to the public, and handicapped accessible. For the safety and comfort of all, animals are prohibited from Street Fair, except for Service animals. 

>> Reasons to go to the Street Fair this weekend

 

OAKWOOD FAMILY FALL FESTIVAL

Oct. 15, 2 to 5 p.m. at Shafor Park, Collingwood Avenue and Shafor Boulevard, Oakwood.

Guests can enjoy an afternoon of fun games, food, hayrides along Shafor Boulevard to see Scarecrow Row, pumpkin painting and other entertainment for the whole family. Kids can dress up and join the “Costume Parade” around the park.

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Parking secrets for Waynesville’s Ohio Sauerkraut Festival

Published: Friday, October 10, 2014 @ 1:05 PM
Updated: Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 10:13 AM

Waynesville Chamber Executive Dawn Schroeder explains were to park for the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival.

More than 350,000 people and their cars will hit Waynesville this Saturday and Sunday for the Waynesville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Ohio Sauerkraut Festival. 

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Chamber Executive Director Dawn Schroeder explains how to park at Wayne Local Schools on 659 Dayton Road in the video above. 

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She said the best times for those who prefer lighter festival crowds is after 4 p.m. Saturday or Sunday before churches let out at 1 p.m.

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The annual festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15 in downtown Waynesville.